- Noto Peninsula Earthquake
News in Pictures: Restoration Efforts in Full Swing in Quake-Hit Areas; Volunteers from Across the Nation Providing Help
13:56 JST, January 30, 2024
Monday marked four weeks since the powerful Noto Peninsula Earthquake and tsunami struck Ishikawa Prefecture on New Year’s Day. Restoration work is intensifying in the affected areas.
The quake-damaged Noto Airport in Wajima resumed commercial flight operations on Saturday after restoration work was completed.
Volunteers from across the nation recruited by the Ishikawa prefectural government began their work on Saturday in Nanao, Anamizu and Shika, which all suffered severe damage. The prefectural government initially prioritized access of emergency vehicles and relief transportation and asked general volunteers to refrain from entering the affected areas.
The most severely damaged cities of Wajima and Suzu have not yet been able to accept volunteers, but residents are making efforts to support each other. A hair salon in Suzu reopened on Jan. 13 despite the shop being severely damaged by the quake. “I want to see my customers’ smiles, and I hope I can make them feel a little better,” the 41-year-old owner said.
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